The French gendarme who was declared a national hero had his throat slashed and was shot dead by an Isis terrorist after swapping places with a hostage, an autopsy has revealed.
Lieutenant Colonal Arnaud Beltrame, 44, died from his injuries inside the Super U supermarket in Trebes.
He was one of four people who lost their lives when Radouane Lakdim, 26, launched his terror attack in the south western town of Carcassone.
It is believed that the terrorists may have killed him after discovering his handgun which was found close to his body in the supermarket.
Previously it had been believed that Lt Col Beltrame had been unarmed.
He took the place of a 40-year-old checkout assistant called Julie who was being used by Lakdim as a human shield.
The mother of a two-year-old child escaped alive and said that the hero police officer saved her life.